Never before have so many electric cars come onto the market at once as in recent months. Customers:inside have a wide choice, but once you ask for a trailer hitch, not many models remain. Why e-cars and trailers do not seem to go together?
The problem is once again the energy consumption and thus the decreasing range. It is not about the infrastructure at all, because enough charging stations can be found on the way to the vacation in any case. Maybe a plug-in hybrid is the better choice then? We explain what is really behind the small selection of e-cars with trailer operation and also have a selection of hybrids for you that can tow a trailer.
Which e-cars have a trailer hitch?
Many customers want an electric car or a plug-in hybrid, but also want to be able to tow loads if necessary. We have listed the e-car models and plug-in hybrids that can be ordered with a trailer hitch from the factory:
|BMW iX||1.200 €||2.500 kg||Compare offers|
|Skoda Enyaq iV||890 €||1.000 kg||Compare offers|
|VW ID.4||858 €||1.200 kg||Compare offers|
|Hyundai Ioniq 5||k.A.||1.600 kg||Compare offers|
|BMW i4||1.100 €||1.600 kg||Compare offers|
|Audi Q4 e-tron||950 €||1.200 kg||Compare offers|
|Audi e-tron||790 €||1.800 kg||Compare offers|
|Ford Mustang Mach-E||572 €||750 kg||Compare offers|
|Opel Combo-e Life||894 €||750 kg||Compare offers|
|VW ID.4 GTX||k.A.||1.400 kg||Compare offers|
|Jaguar I-Pace||2.012 €||750 kg||Compare offers|
|Mercedes EQC||1.142 €||1.800 kg||Compare offers|
|BMW iX3||1.100 €||750 kg||Compare offers|
|Polestar 2||1.100 €||1.500 kg||Compare offers|
|Volvo XC40 Recharge
|k. A.||1.500 kg||Compare offers|
|Citroen e-Berlingo||725 €||750 kg||Compare offers|
|Peugeot e-Rifter||532 €||750 kg||Compare offers|
|Tesla Model X||none||2.250 kg||Compare offers|
|Tesla Model 3||1.069 €||910 kg||Compare offers|
|Tesla Model Y||1.050 €||1.600 kg||Compare offers|
|Current plug-in hybrid cars
with trailer hitch
|Ford Kuga||868 €||1.200 kg||Compare offers|
|VW Golf GTE||858 €||1.700 kg||Compare offers|
|VW Tiguan e-Hybrid||k.A.||1.200 kg||Compare offers|
|Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid||840 €||1.500 kg||Compare offers|
|Hyundai Tucson||k. A.||1.350 kg||Compare offers|
|Kia Sorento||690 €||1.500kg||Compare offers|
|Toyota RAV4||890 €||1.650 kg||Compare offers|
|Seat Tarraco e-Hybrid||205 €||2.000 kg||Compare offers|
|Mercedes A-Class||928 €||1.600 kg||Compare offers|
|Mercedes GLA||952 €||1.800 kg||Compare offers|
|VW Passat GTE||619 €||1.900 kg||Compare offers|
|KIA Niro||700 €||1.300 kg||Compare offers|
|Skoda Octavia Combi iV||k. A.||1.600 kg||Compare offers|
|Seat Leon ST e-Hybrid||785 €||1.500 kg||Compare offers|
|Seat Leon e-Hybrid||785 €||1.500 kg||Compare offers|
|Renault Captur||1.120 €||750 kg||Compare offers|
|Toyota RAV4||773 €||1.500 kg||Compare offers|
|KIA Optima Sportswagon||682 €||1.500 kg||Compare offers|
|Mitsubishi Outlander||570 €||1.500 kg||Compare offers|
|BMW X5||1.170 €||2.700 kg||Compare offers|
|BMW 3 Series Touring||925 €||1.500 kg||Compare offers|
|BMW 5 series||1.170 €||1.700 kg||Compare offers|
|BMW X1||780 €||750 kg||Compare offers|
|Renault Captur||438 €||750 kg||Compare offers|
|Audi A7 Sportback TFSI e||990 €||2.000 kg||Compare offers|
|Ford Explorer||665 €||2.500 kg||Compare offers|
|Mercedes E-Class||1.114 €||2.100 kg||Compare offers|
|Mercedes E-Class T-Model||1.114 €||2.100 kg||Compare offers|
|Volvo XC90||1.082 €||2.400 kg||Compare offers|
|Volvo XC60||1.043 €||2.100 kg||Compare offers|
|Volvo V90||1.082 €||2.100 kg||Compare offers|
|Volvo V60||1.043 €||2.000 kg||Compare offers|
|Volvo S90||1.082 €||2.100 kg||Compare offers|
|Volvo S60||1.043 €||2.000 kg||Compare offers|
|DS 7 Crossback E-Tense||877 €||1.250 kg||Compare offers|
|Mercedes GLE||1.114 €||2.700 kg||Compare offers|
|Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid||k. A.||3.500 kg||Compare offers|
|Jeep Compass||none||1.325 kg||Compare offers|
The surcharges refer to the preparation for a trailer hitch for most models. The clutch carrier and the installation often cause further costs. Contact your car dealer for this.
For some models there are retrofit kits for trailer couplings for sale, for example for the Renault Zoe. But be aware of the points mentioned, because if the manufacturer has not officially communicated a trailer or drawbar load, it is questionable whether the operating license of the vehicle is still valid if you install it yourself, or the warranty expires.
Can you tow a trailer with an electric car?
Many interested people want a trailer hitch for their e-car, especially the electric small cars are often desired with trailer hitch, because it’s not like everyone wants to pull a horse trailer with it right away. Often it is only a matter of taking garden waste to the recycling center or transporting objects over short distances. So, on the whole, it’s not a big deal, but customers have a hard time deciding in favor of an electric car when a trailer hitch is required.
The frustration of many potential buyers is understandable, because for most of them a towing capacity of 750 kilograms would be completely sufficient and feasible – even for small electric cars.
From the manufacturer’s point of view, however, electric cars and trailers don’t really go together, because only a few car brands release their electric cars for towing. This is a pity, because it means that customers who definitely need a car with a trailer option continue to opt for a conventional drive or a plug-in hybrid – here the choice is much greater. The reason given for many problems is – the battery.
Why electric cars can not pull trailers?
This is a good question, because if you look at the requirements that a car must meet to be able to tow a trailer, electric cars should have no problem with this. A car should weigh
- sufficient torque and
- have a sufficiently high weight.
If the car is sufficiently heavy, it cannot be pushed by the trailer when braking and with sufficient torque it gets well from the spot even with additional weight. So from torque and weight results the permissible towing capacity.
Electric cars meet both criteria in most cases. The weight of the vehicle increases because of the battery and e-cars do not lack torque either. Some models perform even better on the road than conventionally powered cars.
To put it in a nutshell: Actually, there should be no problem with a trailer. But once again the battery and the range are pushed forward. According to manufacturer:inside with a high additional weight the energy consumption of the accumulator rises enormously. This is theoretically correct, but as I said, the weight of the leaves from the garden should not be a problem for the battery at all.
The second argument, which is also only marginally comprehensible, is the sharply declining range. Of course, diesel or gasoline cars with trailers also consume more fuel, but they have more capacity. With an electric car, the range drops by up to 70 percent and is thus so short that longer distances would only be possible with frequent charging stops. Of course, there are also e-cars with a long range, but not all of them are allowed to pull trailers again.
The trip from one’s house to the community’s green-garden drop-off area or a short trip to the hardware store are probably 90% of the cases in which a trailer hitch is needed. Why many brands have considered not equipping their e-cars with a trailer coupling in the first place is a mystery to us. The possibility should be given in any case, because then the clientele can still decide for themselves how they want to use the e-car.
What solutions are there?
At the moment, unfortunately, not many, because either you opt for one of the models listed above and in some cases perhaps risk losing the manufacturer’s warranty, or you make a compromise and go for a plug-in hybrid. Here the choice of models with towing capacity is much larger. Let’s hope that car manufacturers will soon accept customers’ wishes for a trailer coupling.
You can also find further interesting information on topics relating to e-cars with us. Why you don’t have to worry about your electric car breaking down, what home charging options are available, or how long the delivery times for current e-cars are – we’ll be happy to tell you all about it and much more.